#BlogTour! #Review #PilotJane by Caroline Baxter @IZZIpics @bigsunbooks @fayerogersuk

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Don’t you wish that you had a plane like THAT?! ^^^
I am super excited to welcome Big Sunshine Books to TWG HQ today! Based in Oxford, Big Sunshine Books are taking the children book genre by storm (or sunshine), and, as a mummy to a three year old, I am so excited that I am able to enjoy such beautiful books with her.
You can find out more about Big Sunshine Books right here.

Today, Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane are landing right outside TWG HQ for a re-fuel and a review. Enjoy!

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Information about the Book
Title: Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane
Author: Caroline Baxter
Illustrator: Izabela Ciesinska
Release Date: 8th March 2017
Genre: Picture Book
Publisher: Big Sunshine Books
Format: Paperback
Goodreads Link
Amazon Link

Blurb.

Join Pilot Jane, a fun and fearless airline captain, as she travels the world with her

best friend Rose, a high-speed passenger jet. Together Jane and Rose have exciting
adventures and form a perfect team, delivering their passengers safely to
destinations as far afield as Alaska and Australia. But when disaster strikes and Rose
falls ill, Jane is paired with ‘lean, mean flying machine’ Mighty Mitch. Can she still get the Queen to her party on time? Featuring a clever and courageous heroine, this
action-packed rhyming story celebrates ‘Girl Power’ and shows what you can achieve if you work together. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for take-off!

What does TWG think?

My little three year old daughter was completely speechless when I handed her Pilot Jane. She loves planes, tractors, fire engines and so on, so when she spotted the pink plane she yelled; ‘Mumma!!! That plane is pink and flowery!!! I want one!’. If anyone wishes to manufacture a miniature version of this plane, please shout me when you do as she wants one haha.

Any children’s books that come through my letterbox always get given to my daughter first, as it’s really her reactions and thoughts that my children’s book reviews are based around. This time though, we sat on the floor with Pilot Jane in front of us, and I began to read the story out loud.

My first impression of the contents were the incredible illustrations, they are outstanding, eye-catching and so perfect to look at. I loved them. Eva is at the age where she finds a lot of things hilarious, even grumpy, funny faces and funny noises; so when she spotted Jane pulling a lot of various faces through the book, she was in absolute hysterics. Hats off to Izabela Ciesinska for the amazing illustrations. Such beautiful, beautiful work that makes the storyline jump off the page and into your imagination.

I’m also such a big kid at heart, so when I spotted the plane refuelling on cake, I just knew that Pilot Jane would stay in my mind for a long time to come. The rhyming storyline was fantastic as it was easy to read and kept my little one’s interest.

‘But once in the air, Mitch raced through the cloud.
He looped and swooped, feeling clever and proud.’

Now, what I truly love about children’s books is the fact that they’re always centred around a topic that will help to guide the children through their childhood, and sometimes even further. Pilot Jane shows children, with the help of a plane or two, exactly what team work is all about, even including the possibility of calm moments before the storm. Well, or the runaway plane in this case. Pilot Jane doesn’t hide away from the true meaning of team work, no. What she does is show the good with the bad by keeping it real and showing the children that sometimes you just can’t fix things or do things by yourself. Sometimes you do need a little bit of help, especially if your helper is on the same page as you and knows how to listen.

What a brilliant message to highlight in a story! Even as adults we take team work for granted!

I asked Eva what she thought of Caroline Baxter’s storybook, Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane, here word for word, is her reply:

‘Mumma, it made me laugh cause the plane swooped and swished and the Queen’s tee-eye-ra (tiara) fell off. She was a grumpy bum! Can I have a pink plane soft toy like Rose? It can come to bed with me! Thank you for my book mumma, I love it, it’s super cool!’

Just like Eva, I loved this storybook and I believe that both children and adults will read it with a HUGE grin on their faces. Fabulous!

Big thanks to Faye Rogers and Big Sunshine Books for this fantastic children’s book!
Buy now!

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TWG is going on an adventure to ‘The Petal Planet’ with Zak & Jen!

‘We’re all going on a, summer holiday, no more working for a…week or two. Fun & laughter on a, summer holiday, no more worries for me & you.’
Today is my stop for on the blog tour! Huge thank you to Natalie and Chris for giving me this opportunity!
TWG is going on an adventure!!!! -bounces up and down like a hyper child-. Not just any old adventure though, no sireeee. This adventure is in space! Now, before you start thinking that I am going barmy (well, you probably think that now after I serenaded you…again), I know it is tricky to go on an adventure to space. But if you’re a child, you can dream to go anywhere you like and be whoever you like, yes?
Last month a lovely lady called Natalie got in contact to see if I would be interested in reviewing her debut children’s book. Of course I said yes. It was such an honour to be asked, and with this book, I knew just the person that was going to be able to help me. My daughter.
Receiving the book in the post felt like Christmas had come early, because it was in a beautiful box which had been painted by the illustrator of the book; Chris Rivers Nuttall. It wasn’t just any box though, it was a sensory box which included some of the items in the story.

‘Jen Lives alone on her solitary sand planet, until one day, a boy named Zak comes to visit. Through a little of Zak’s magic and an unusual umbrella, Jen is transported to a beautiful world, and her new friend helps her learn a valuable lesson along the way. ‘

‘To Jen, her life was a terrible bore.
She wished she had more than the landscape she saw.’

As soon as I began reading the book, I was greeted by the words above. Based on those two lines alone, I knew that it was an ideal book for children because of the rhyming. The book carries that rhyming theme throughout which, in my opinion, is brilliant. Such a catchy way to help children not only learn rhyming, but also might keep them interested. My daughter is too young to read, even though she likes to think that she can. Her opinion was based purely on the pictures, of course, she is two and pictures are an important part of a children’s book!

Natalie & Chris, this is my daughter Eva’s opinion on the book, her own words: ‘I see flowers, and trees and a moon and it’s blue! This a good book mumma.’
She is a book worm like her mumma!

Throughout the book there are wonderful pictures, from an adults point of view, they are incredibly magical. Take a look at a couple:

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How beautiful are they!

As I was nearing the end of the book, I began to realise that the book had something very clever throughout. A hidden message. Jen finds her planet boring after taking a visit to Zak’s planet full of petals. However, when she returns home she realises that she missed her planet and its own kind of beauty. The message that I got from the story was: ‘Learn to appreciate what you have because it’s yours.’ Such an important message.
I had a friend visit who spotted the book and began reading it out loud, so I just sat and watched to see his expression. I noticed that while he was reading it, he had a massive smile on his face and said afterwards how much he enjoyed it. Now I’m not going to name him as he knows who he is and I don’t wish to get my wrists tapped ha ha. It just goes to show that whilst this book is directly aimed at children, it will also make pleasant reading for the adult that gets to read it with the child.
I found ‘Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures – The Petal Planet’ to be such a captivating and fascinating book. Wonderful use of language throughout the book giving the storyline such incredible depth. Not only that, the illustrations are amazing and very detailed. It is very clear to see that a lot of time and effort has gone into creating the illustrations and making them stand out.
To me, this book doesn’t scream out debut. It screams out fantasy, imagination, enjoyment and pure brilliance. Natalie has written such a wonderful children’s book that has captivated and brought out my inner child, and it is definitely a story that I will never tire of reading or looking at with my daughter. You both should be incredibly proud of yourselves for your achievement.

On that note, I have also been given another great honour of giving you an exclusive. There is going to be a book two! Book two will follow Zak and Jen on yet another adventure. Here is a teaser:

‘After their adventure on the petal planet, Zak and Jen become firm friends and Jen is keen to head off on another adventure amongst the stars. This time, the pair find themselves on a jungle planet inhabited by all kinds of creatures including a Lion who is not all he seems.
Once again this second book will aim to combine Chris’s magical illustrations with a thought provoking story as Zak and Jen travel the galaxy with their magical umbrellas.’

‘Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures – The Petal Planet’ is available to buy right now. You may even see it in your local W H Smith’s! For now, here is the Amazon link for the book where you can buy your own copy of such an enchanted book:
Buy ‘Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures’ from Amazon